Loans secured for DeLand water project

Movement continues on the DeLand water project. The village has received a USDA Rural Development loan for $1.6 million and $667,000 in grants to help fund the water project.

“The grants will help out a lot,” Village President George Long said at the July 11 village board meeting.

Cell tower talk at Bement board session

Plans to put a Verizon antennae on the Bement water tower were scrapped after officials deemed the project to be to risky with the potential to damage the existing tower.

St. Jude run is July 29

The fourth annual St. Jude Monticello to Peoria run is scheduled for July 29-30. Monticello is one of 39 other cities that will see participants from their local town run to Peoria, meeting at the Peoria Civic Center on July 30.

Tempers flare at DeLand board meeting

A DeLand village board meeting that began with the care of ditches on Highway Avenue became a tension-filled discussion of ordinance violation notices issued to local residents.

Zoning variance approved for golf clubhouse

The Piatt County board on July 13 cleared the way for the Monticello Golf Association to construct a new clubhouse at the local golf course.

Board members voted 6-0 to approve a variation that will allow the structure to be within 30 feet of the road, less than the zoning ordinance minimum of 50 feet.

Piatt, DeWitt to share assessor

Piatt County will soon share additional services with neighboring DeWitt County, including that of a joint supervisor of assessments. The county board on July 13 also approved a plan to provide some mental health offerings in the wake of the DeWitt County Human Resource Center’s decision to suspend its services.

Second floor addition not likely for high school

It wouldn’t be impossible to add a second floor to a portion of Monticello High School, but it looks highly improbable. In a report presented to the school board on July 13, BLDD architects cite new building codes and poor soil as major reasons why going up on the 1966 portion of MHS is not feasible.

Helping Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Piatt County is honoring some of the tradesmen that make its home-building efforts possible by donating labor to the cause. One of those is Seevers Farm Drainage, which has prepared the sites and provided foundations for all 12 Habitat homes built in Piatt County, as well as 20 Habitat homes in Macon County.

Kidd to step down as county clerk

Colleen Kidd will end her 38-year run in county government – the last six as county clerk – at the end of this year. She announced the decision at the July 13 Piatt County board meeting, citing health related issues in her family.

Sheppard appointed to Monticello school board

Marc Sheppard was sworn in as the newest Monticello school board member on July 13. Sheppard, of Monticello, will fill the unexpired term previously held by Dr. Jim Dahl, who recently resigned his seat. The term runs through April of 2017.

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